Unlike the X79 Extreme4-M and Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 the Z77 Extreme4 is presented in a black box with 555 XFAST being a particular feature that ASRock are wanting to market. The back of the box has even more details on 555 XFAST and the fundamental features that Z77 Extreme4 comes along with.
Inside the box there are a number of items within the accessories bundle including:
Docummentation: Quick Installation Guide, Software Guide, 555 XFAST, MVP Guide
Support CD: Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite OEM
1x I/O Shield
1 x SLI Bridge (Rigid)
2 x 6Gb/s SATA Cables
For a full unbox of the Z77 Extreme4 check out our video: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Unbox.
Packaging for Z77 Extreme4
Accessories bundle for Z77 Extreme4
With the packaging now out of the way we can finally get our first look at the Z77 Extreme4. Following in the footsteps of the Z68 Extreme4 Gen3, the Z77 Extreme4 has a black and gold theme. All ports, slots and heatsinks are black and the signature gold solid capacitors can be seen used throughout the motherboard. The PCB is actually brown though it does appear to be particularly dark and even black in some light. The heatsinks have been completely re-designed on the Z77 variant aesthetics are generally much more toned down and I prefer them compared to the Z68 Gen3. There is an air of grace, sleekness and professionalism now present.
Those with a keen eye will notice that the Z77 Extreme4 slips out of the standard ATX specifications in terms of physical dimensions, making it slimmer.
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Size: 30.5 cm x 21.8 cm
Standard ATX motherboard: 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Z77 Extreme4 continues the black and gold theme
On the next page we will take a closer look at the various aspects of ASRocks Z77 Extreme4.